ESSAYS


I contribute essays for TCM (The Cricket Monthly), Cordon (The Cordon on ESPNCricinfo), thREAD (at The Hindu), and Scroll.
The production of these essays varies. Some are commissioned, others are regular contributions.
In all but a few cases, the title and the summary is determined by an editor at the publication.
All photographs are chosen by editors, nearly all charts and graphics are prepared by me.

109. Women's cricket deserves independence from Men's cricket (July 11, 2017, thREAD)
108. Why are there fewer close ODIs if teams are more evenly matched now? (June 27, 2017, Cordon)
107. Weak BCCI, weak Press, powerful Kohli, misjudged Kumble (June 24, 2017, thREAD)
106. How the BCCI failed Kohli, Kumble and coaching job (June 21, 2017, thREAD)
105. Ramachandra Guha's message needs to be read correctly (June 2, 2017, thREAD)
104. Who are the greatest T20 players of them all? (May 20, 2017, Cordon)
103. Why is it so much easier to chase down a T20 target? (April 27, 2017, thREAD)
102. Why Gayle is the prototype of the pure T20 batsman (April 15, 2017, Cordon)
101. A very different Indian team has emerged since 2013 one where all 11 players are a threat (March 30, 2017, Scroll)
100. The racist spin of the 'Chinaman' (March 28, 2017, thREAD)
99. The Smith shuffle (March 24, 2017, thREAD)
98. Why you can't approach a T20 chase the same as an ODI one (March 15, 2017, Cordon)
97. Steve Smith didn't cheat, here's why... (March 9, 2017, thREAD)
96. These two tables show that India were not as bad as the 333-run loss margin in Pune suggests (February 26, 2017, Scroll)
95. The Pune track is not bad. 'Good' and 'bad' Test pitches are entirely inventions of cricket writers (February 25, 2017, Scroll)
94. Double trouble (February 12, 2017, Cordon)
93. Is ICC conning Tests with 'context'? (February 7, 2017, thREAD)
92. Why T20 doesn't need DRS (January 31, 2017, thREAD)
91. Why Yuvraj's selection makes sense, regardless of his form (January 26, 2017, Cordon)
90. Amla, the silent accumulator (January 13, 2017, thREAD)
89. Catches win matches, right? Not really, bowlers creating more chances win you the matches (January 9, 2017, Scroll)
88. What made MS Dhoni one of India's greatest captains? He just kept things simple (January 7, 2017, Scroll)
87. David Warner proves that Virender Sehwag invented a whole new approach to opening batting in Tests (January 6, 2017, Scroll)
86. The Supreme Court and Lodha panel have both missed one basic question about the BCCI (January 2, 2017, Scroll)
85. A budding Ranji rivalry (December 31, 2016, thREAD)
84. The ball-tampering law is clear. But it's not enforceable (December 12, 2016, Cordon)
83. The story of an offspinner and a batsman (November 23, 2016, Cordon)
82. Will Cook break all of Tendulkar's Test records? (October 24, 2016, Cordon)
81. Batting with the sword of Damocles (October 7, 2016, thREAD)
80. Television killed the umpiring star (October 2016, TCM)
79. It's cricket, not WWE (September 27, 2016, thREAD)
78. The two-tier proposal would have shrunk cricket (September 20, 2016, Cordon)
77. Why limited-overs cricket needs to measure boundaries attempted (August 14, 2016, Cordon)
76. Amir returns, back to business (July 14, 2016, thREAD)
75. Why hitting is more optimal than batting in T20 (July 13, 2016, Cordon)
74. Break a leg, Kumble (June 24, 2016, thREAD)
73. Two myths about the IPL (May 31, 2016, Cordon)
72. How to bring singles back into T20 (May 4, 2016, Cordon)
71. Yin without yang, that's T20 for you (April 11, 2016, thREAD)
70. West Indies: perfectly built for T20 (April 6, 2016, Cordon)
69. Kohli, starring in and as Cricket God 2.0 (March 23, 2016, thREAD)
68. Where's a minnow to cut its teeth? (March 15, 2016, thREAD)
67. Australia v India and the ineffectiveness of the full-length delivery (March 14, 2016, Cordon)
66. With great power comes great responsibility (February 13, 2016, thREAD)
65. The measure of greatness (February 4, 2016, thREAD)
64. Chanderpaul's greatness goes beyond numbers (February 1, 2016, Cordon)
63. Romance in ratings, it's not cricket (January 21, 2016, thREAD)
62. The Gayle affair underlines that cricket is a boys club (January 8, 2016, Cordon)
61. The curious case of Miandad's lbw rates (December 20, 2015, Cordon)
60. Cheat code (December 5, 2015, thREAD)
59. Pitch imperfect (November 30, 2015, thREAD)
58. What does the way we criticise cricketers say about us? (November 21, 2015, Cordon)
57. How the government can help solve Indian cricket's problems (October 25, 2015, Cordon)
56. T20 across the Atlantic? It's not cricket (October 12, 2015, thREAD)
55. How much does captaincy really matter? (September 30, 2015, Cordon)
54. Were Indian batsmen of earlier eras better against spin? (September 2, 2015, Cordon)
53. Databall (September 2015, TCM)
52. Why slow-scoring sessions are exciting (August 11, 2015, Cordon)
51. The bat-first advantage in the Powerplay era (July 23, 2015, Cordon)
50. Brendon McCullum and the algebra of batting risk (June 12, 2015, Cordon)
49. Making a 14-team World Cup work: a second look (May 7, 2015, Cordon)
48. How to make a 14-team World Cup fairer (April 9, 2015, Cordon)
47. A beacon of hope, a parasitic tamasha (April 2015, TCM)
46. Why does cricket need the Associates? (March 28, 2015, Cordon)
45. The DRS and the difference between close calls and clear ones (March 11, 2015, Cordon)
44. India v Pakistan across the eras (February 25, 2015, Cordon)
43. How effective are left-right batting pairs? (February 11, 2015, Cordon)
42. Giving the batsman the benefit of the doubt? It's in the law (January 22, 2015, Cordon)
41. In defence of the bouncer (January 7, 2015, Cordon)
40. Bowling to blame for India's poor overseas record (December 21, 2014, Cordon)
39. Ganguly or Dravid: who was a better ODI captain? (December 11, 2014, Cordon)
38. Pace unlike fire (December 2014, TCM)
37. Rohit's innings a symbol of ODI batting's changing mindset (November 26, 2014, Cordon)
36. Does the follow-on work in its current form? (November 12, 2014, Cordon)
35. A comparison of the Fletcher and Flower eras (October 28, 2014, Cordon)
34. The visceral beauty of fandom (October 17, 2014, Cordon)
33. A method to rate the dominance of Test teams (September 22, 2014, Cordon)
32. What the Indian calendar is doing to its bowlers (September 12, 2014, Cordon)
31. What cricket can learn from baseball's review system (August 29, 2014, Cordon)
30. Are slow over-rates really a problem? (August 18, 2014, Cordon)
29. India's bowling weakness outside the subcontinent (August 3, 2014, Cordon)
28. The decline of the specialist attacking bowler (July 20, 2014, Cordon)
27. Time to enforce Law 24 (July 7, 2014, Cordon)
26. Match-by-match analysis of control data (June 23, 2014, Cordon)
25. Mining control statistics (June 12, 2014, Cordon)
24. The calculus of the batting average (May 29, 2014, Cordon)
23. The time and space of T20 cricket (May 16, 2014, Cordon)
22. Are T20s more exciting than ODIs? (April 29, 2014, Cordon)
21. A measure for batting and bowling effectiveness in T20 (April 16, 2014, Cordon)
20. The problem with low catches (April 10, 2014, Cordon)
19. Why T20 is a disfigured caricature of cricket (March 25, 2014, Cordon)
18. What can speed guns tell us? (March 16, 2014, Cordon)
17. Running the rule over modern English batsmen (March 3, 2014, Cordon)
16. Which batsmen thrive against the best bowlers? (February 14, 2014, Cordon)
15. Bowling averages and beyond: spinners (February 6, 2014, Cordon)
14. How good is Australia's pace trio? (January 22, 2014, Cordon)
13. Would you pick Haddin over Gilchrist for an Ashes Test? (January 11, 2014, Cordon)
12. Can Kallis really be called an allrounder? (January 1, 2014, Cordon)
11. Beyond bowling averages (December 21, 2013, Cordon)
10. Why long Ashes tours are hurting Test cricket (December 7, 2013, Cordon)
9. The Richards Standard for ODI batsmen (November 27, 2013, Cordon)
8. Why the new fielding restrictions in ODIs are a good idea (November 15, 2013, Cordon)
7. Are India's bowling woes part of a larger trend? (November 5, 2013, Cordon)
6. Is Test cricket in better health than ever before? (October 20, 2013, Cordon)
5. How do openers affect No. 3 batsmen? (October 5, 2013, Cordon)
4. The Barnes standard (September 17, 2013, Cordon)
3. The Bradman standard (September 4, 2013, Cordon)
2. A measure for the strength of a Test team (August 11, 2013, Cordon)
1. The DRS problem: it's not the humans (July 26, 2013, Cordon)


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